Direct entry into 2nd year is possible for suitably-qualified applicants.
Geology and Physical Geography is a five-year degree programme leading to the awarding of a MEarthSci. Assessment is by a combination of project work, coursework and examination.
Year 1: Compulsory courses totalling 60 credits: Earth Dynamics; Earth Surface Systems; Introduction to the Geological Record. Further courses totalling 60 credits from courses in Level 8 schedules A to Q, T and W, including where appropriate 20 or 40 credits in Earth Modelling and Prediction 1 and/or 2.
Year 2: Compulsory courses totalling 80 credits in Earth Materials; Environmental Sensitivity and Change; Geomorphology; Global Tectonics and Sedimentology. Course options of exactly 40 credits from courses in Level 8 schedules A to Q, T and W **Direct entry students have separate course requirements.
Year 3: Compulsory courses totalling 80 credits: Field Skills for Earth Surface Scientists; Geology and Landscapes; Global Tectonics; Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology; Quantitative Methods in Geography; Sedimentology; Spain Field Course – Mountain Building and Destruction; Structural Geology. Course options include EITHER 40 credits from Geography Level 10 courses (collection group A) OR 20 credits from Geography Level 10 courses PLUS 20 credits from the following courses: Applied Hydrogeology; Aquatic Systems; Chemical Geology; Dynamic Stratigraphy; Hydrocarbons; Hydrogeology 1; Igneous Petrogenesis; Introduction to Physical Volcanology; Mathematical Methods for Geophysicists; Ore Mineralogy, Palaeontology; Petrology and Geochemistry; Quaternary Environmental Change.
Year 4: Compulsory courses totalling 80 credits: Dissertation in Geology and Physical Geography; Cyprus Excursion and Synoptic Practical for Geologists and Physical Geographers; Evolution of the Modern Earth. Course options to include 20 credits from Geography Level 10 courses AND 20 credits from Earth Science Level 10 courses.
Year 5: Compulsory courses totalling 100 credits: Geoscience Research Project; Frontiers in Earth Science; MEarthSci Field Training; Project Design and Literature Analysis; Research Methods and Transferable Skills. Course options to include 20 credits from Level 11 courses in Schedule N.